SWANSBORO, NC – Carteret County Speedway is trying to reduce costs for racers and one area where the recently opened track on Carolina’s Crystal Coast is reducing costs in with tire prices.


Carteret County Speedway owner Bobby Watson has set tire prices for the Late Model division at $75 for new (sticker) tires and $35 for used (scuff) tires. In addition to the reduced prices, Carteret County Speedway will run on a two-tire program in 2016, much like neighboring tracks Southern National Motorsports Park and East Carolina Motor Speedway.


American Racer, who was the official tire supplier for Carteret County Speedway in 2015, will once again be the official tire supplier in 2016, which adds to the experience for racers. American Racer tires, which were used for seven races in the CARS Tour last year, are praised by racers since tire degradation isn’t as as bad with American Racer as it is with Hoosier tires.


The tire costs comes on the heels of the announced purses for all the regular Carteret County Speedway divisions with Late Model races paying $1,200 to win and $150 to start. Furthermore, Carteret County Speedway will not require competitors to buy two new scuff tires every week, as long as the tires they compete on are American Racer tires that were purchased at Carteret County Speedway.


The Carteret County Speedway Street Stock division will race on scuff American Racer tires and the Mini-Stock division will race with the option of running on the Hoosier 790 or American Racer tires.


The announcement of the tire prices comes on the heels of Carteret County Speedway releasing its purses for all divisions, with the Late Model division paying $1,200 to win and $150 to start along with a $200 pole award. The Mini-Stock and Street Stock divisions division will pay $500 to win and $50 to start with $100 pole awards while the U-CAR division will pay $300 to win and $50 to start with a $50 pole award. The Legends division will also pay $300 to win and $35 to start with a $50 pole award.


On top of the tire prices and the purses, Watson has set pit admission prices at $25 for drivers and team members, meaning entry costs and tire costs will be lower than any other track in the region.


The 2016 season will open on Saturday, April 2nd with 75 laps of racing for the Late Models, 50 laps for Street Stocks, 40 laps for Mini-Stocks, 25 laps for U-CARs, 25 laps for Legends, 10 laps for Bandoleros and USAC Midget Racing action.


Season tickets are on sale now with grandstand season tickets available for $125 and season pit passes available for $175.  For information on purchasing season tickets, email [email protected].


Rules for all divisions will be released in the upcoming days.


Carteret County Speedway, which opened in September 2015, is located at 501 Whitehouse Fork Road just off Highway 58 near Peletier, North Carolina – just a couple miles away from Emerald Isle, North Carolina. Along with the racetrack, Carteret County Speedway also have live entertainment every weekend at the Moonshiner’z Café.


– Carteret County Speedway press release and supplied photo

Reduced Tire Costs Enhance Driver Experience at Carteret County